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Psar Chas, the oldest market of Phnom Penh, was almost totally gutted by a fire this morning of November 24th.

UPDATE: aftermath photographs added…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Vendors having salvaged their goods when a fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Vendors having salvaged their goods when a fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Vendors having salvaged their goods when a fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Vendors having salvaged their goods when a fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: People help saving belongings when a fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: People help saving belongings when a fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: A fire gutted Psar Chas despite the deployment of a considerable number of fire trucks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Scavengers and former shop owners sifting through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Owner of six destroyed shops looks on while scavengers and former shop owners sift through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Owner of six destroyed shops looks on while scavengers and former shop owners sift through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Street child resting while scavengers and former shop owners sift through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.24/11/2014: Street child resting while scavengers and former shop owners sift through the rubble of what remains of the Psah Chas market after half of it was gutted by a fire that same morning.

Like last Sunday, family members, activists, monks, sympathisers and observers gathered yet again at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested two weeks ago and were promptly condemned to 1 year imprisonment. Attendance was bigger than last time. Balloons were released, prayers said, authorities cursed, tears flowed (CNRP member Morm Rady from Lowell, Mass. shed a few as well), statements made. Those in jail stayed where they were.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gather at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gather at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gather at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gather at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Protesters taking a souvenir photograph with the picture of one of the detained when activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Protesters taking a souvenir photograph with the picture of one of the detained when activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, put lotus flowers on barbed wire fence protecting the entrance when gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, put lotus flowers on barbed wire fence protecting the entrance when gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists write 'Free' on balloons to be released at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists write 'Free' on balloons to be released at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Handicapped protester who covered the 25 Km to Prey Sar with his bicycle, takes a rest while activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gather at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Handicapped protester who covered the 25 Km to Prey Sar with his bicycle, takes a rest while activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gather at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Sim Sovandy, buddhist monk close to the CNRP, addresses activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Sim Sovandy, buddhist monk close to the CNRP, addresses activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, put lotus flowers on barbed wire fence protecting the entrance when gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, put lotus flowers on barbed wire fence protecting the entrance when gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Child sleeping when food is distributed to activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.23/11/2014: Child sleeping when food is distributed to activists, sympathisers, monks and observers, gathered at Prey Sar prison in support of 17 activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to 1 year in jail in the past weeks.

Journalists shouldn’t be in the spotlight. It’s not their function. But there are exceptions. Like when one of them fills a big void and writes a well written and well documented book giving a comprehensive overview of post 1979 Cambodia. You’ll never get closer to untangling the strings of power.

It’s in Sebastan Strangio’s book ‘Hun Sen’s Cambodia’.

If you missed the launch at Meta House, the book is available in the better bookstores near you… And highly recommended…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Crowd at Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.19/11/2014: Crowd at Sebastian Strangio's 'Hun Sen's Cambodia' book launch at Meta House.

Some 150 to 200 citizens, buddhist monks, activists and observers, headed by Venerables Luon Sovath and Sim Sovandy, went on the Grand Embassy Tour to garner foreign support for those who were arrested last week and swiftly condemned to 1 year in jail, as well as requesting an official foreign presence at Venerable Luon Sovath’s trial which is due this November 25th. The buddhist monk, also known as the ‘media monk’, is a staunch land rights activist but finds himself accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Venerable Luon Sovath, the 'Media Monk', addresses a group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks when touring a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and garner support for his trial on Nov. 25th where he stands accused of belonging to a terrorist group.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Venerable Luon Sovath, the 'Media Monk', addresses a group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks when touring a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and garner support for his trial on Nov. 25th where he stands accused of belonging to a terrorist group.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Distributing lotus flowers to protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Distributing lotus flowers to protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Monks in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Monks in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Distributing lotus flowers to protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Distributing lotus flowers to protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Distributing lotus flowers to protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Distributing lotus flowers to protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Protesters in front of the U.S. embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Riot police resting near the E.U. office while waiting for a group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks touring a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Riot police resting near the E.U. office while waiting for a group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks touring a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Riot police resting near the E.U. office while waiting for a group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks touring a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Riot police resting near the E.U. office while waiting for a group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks touring a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Luon Sovath, land rights activist, waits to deliver a petition at the Chinese embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: Luon Sovath, land rights activist, waits to deliver a petition at the Chinese embassy. A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.18/11/2014: A group of citizens, activists and buddhist monks toured a string of embassies to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and swiftly sentenced to prison the previous week and to garner support for Luon Sovath, the 'media monk' who is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and who will stand trial on Nov. 25th.

About 200 workers from Yakjin garment factory showed up knocking on pots and pans in front of the National Assembly to protest temporary layoffs because of a slowdown in orders from customers. The factory was the scene of a violent repression by the Special Command Unit 911 during a strike back in last January which resulted in several arrests (see HERE). Those who were sentenced to jail were supposed to have a hearing at the Appeals Court today but it was postponed.

Moments later some 50 villagers who were evicted from Preah Vihear province managed to sneak out of Wat Samaky Reangsey where they are hosted since several weeks, and also reached the National Assembly to deliver a petition.

Rectification: the workers were from the Jian Le factory claiming they are still owed money from the time when the factory operated under a different name. Sorry for the mistake…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Villagers evicted from Preah Vihear province who are hosted at Wat Samaky Reangsey in the capital since several weeks, protest in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Villagers evicted from Preah Vihear province who are hosted at Wat Samaky Reangsey in the capital since several weeks, protest in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Workers from Yakjin garment factory, carrying posters of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, protest in front of the National Assembly about an issue with their management regarding temporary layoffs during production a slowdown. Yakjin factory was the scene of a violent represiom of a strike by armed forces in early January. Workers arrested during the crackdown were supposed to have an appeals court hearing today but it was postponed.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Workers from Yakjin garment factory, carrying posters of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, protest in front of the National Assembly about an issue with their management regarding temporary layoffs during production a slowdown. Yakjin factory was the scene of a violent represiom of a strike by armed forces in early January. Workers arrested during the crackdown were supposed to have an appeals court hearing today but it was postponed.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Villagers evicted from Preah Vihear province who are hosted at Wat Samaky Reangsey in the capital since several weeks, protest in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Villagers evicted from Preah Vihear province who are hosted at Wat Samaky Reangsey in the capital since several weeks, protest in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Representatives from villagers evicted from Preah Vihear province who are hosted at Wat Samaky Reangsey in the capital since several weeks, wait to deliver a petition during a protest in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.17/11/2014: Representatives from villagers evicted from Preah Vihear province who are hosted at Wat Samaky Reangsey in the capital since several weeks, wait to deliver a petition during a protest in front of the National Assembly.

Some 200 people, ordinary citizens, buddhist monks, activists and relatives gathered at the gates of Prey Sar prison in solidarity with -and to plead for the liberation of- those who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison with an unusual speed in the past week for rather questionable reasons, ranging from obstructing traffic with a bed during a land issue demonstration, or carrying flag poles for another planned land issue protest.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, carrying photographs of those arrested, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, carrying photographs of those arrested, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, carrying photographs of those arrested, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, carrying photographs of those arrested, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, carrying photographs of those arrested, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, carrying photographs of those arrested, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Children of those arrested, together with citizens, monks and relatives, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Children of those arrested, together with citizens, monks and relatives, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives, demonstrate in front of the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours, are held.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate and put lotus flowers on the barbed wire blocking the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate and put lotus flowers on the barbed wire blocking the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate and put lotus flowers on the barbed wire blocking the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh.16/11/2014: Citizens, monks and relatives demonstrate and put lotus flowers on the barbed wire blocking the gates of Prey Sar prison where 15 people, mostly land rights activists who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison within 24 hours.

Despite the obstacles laid out by the authorities at the exit of Wat Samaky Reangsey and Boeung Kak lake, some 800 people showed up at the National assembly to protest a wave of arrests among the activist monks and the land rights activists.

Edited at 12:50… That’ll be 200 demonstrators instead of 800. 800 were announced but many couldn’t show up.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Protester holding a poster of an arrested and defrocked monk he wishes to see released from jail. Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Protester holding a poster of an arrested and defrocked monk he wishes to see released from jail. Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Protesters looking at photographs of a flood in Boeung Kak lake caused by the filling of a lake by a development company. Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Protesters looking at photographs of a flood in Boeung Kak lake caused by the filling of a lake by a development company. Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and land rights activists, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Protester holding lotus flowers. Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and in the land rights activists' circles, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 14/11/2014: Protester holding lotus flowers. Following a wave of arrests and jail sentences of activist monks and in the land rights activists' circles, some 800 people gathered in front of the National Assembly to request the release of those sentenced to jail.

The community which was evicted from Choam Ksan district in Preah Vihear and who is hosted by the buddhist monks at Wat Samaky Reangsey since nearly two months were denied a march towards the National Assembly by police forces this morning.

Two monks who wanted to join them yesterday were arrested for transporting poles with flags.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 13/11/2014: Evicted from Preah Vihear province who have found refuge at Wat Samaky Reangsey, pass the time after having been prevented from marching to the National Assembly to deliver a petition about their situation.